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Recently, you met Urchfab, a custom built, racing hotrod. Today, we’re going to introduce you to Das Rod. Custom Car Channel met up with Eric Goodman from California to talk about his custom built 1970s VW Bug hot rod and my what a car it is.
The story behind this 1970s VW Bug hot rod
Built with his friends over 5 years, Das Rod is based on a 1970s VW Bug but the aim was to build a car that represented the hot rods of the 1930s so to achieve this, they used old parts. The front suspension and drop axle is from a 1930s Ford whereas other parts have come from Cameros, Studebaker’s and Corvettes- to name a few.
But despite a lot of the parts being somewhere between 40 and 90 years old, the car is amazing to drive and handles well too. It will easily drive straight without even a hand on the wheel. Purposefully built low to the ground, it’s a pretty fun drive too and has been well worth the effort.
A closer look at the engine
A lot of the car was handmade by Goodman and his friends with the exception of the engine and the interior. The engine is from a Porsche 914 with a 911 fan attached and a lot it had to be added to with custom parts in order for it to fit. It even has its own cooling system for the internal oil cooler, something else that had t be custom made.
When it came to the design work, the final outcome of this 1970s VW Bug hot rod was very true to the initial concept. There were a few changes, as with all projects, but the basic design was the same.
One of the reasons why Goodman loves this car
When Goodman’s at car shows, there are always dozens of people trying to work out what it is. It’s a popular attraction and people will ask all kinds of things. Some recognize the original VW Bug body but the suspension gives it away.
The car has been fitted with suicide doors with 1968 Studebaker hinges. Goodman removed the louvers on the back, widened the rear section of the car and used the taillights from a C5 Corvette but out LEDs inside. He also removed the fender and all windows. Instead, there’s a fiber glass cap where all the windows used to be and the only actual glass is the windscreen which he split in two to give it an older look.
The interior of the car was built from stock 1970 VW seats but they had to be cut down to fit inside the car and when you remove the cover at the back, it becomes a four-seater.
After talking about how the car was made and all its features, Goodman came down to the single most important aspect of the car, the gearshift which has been made from his Grandfather’s cane.
I’d say that’s some pretty impressive work, and with a great outcome. What do you think?